Fantasy Football leaders: Adrian Peterson does it again, Arian Foster does not

Wesley Hitt

There's also a few injuries to take note of as we enter the fantasy playoffs.

Woah doggie! A lot of close games in Week 13 and another huge performance from a guy that's going to start a trend of tearing your ACL. On the other hand, the case of the fumblesies was evident at some crucial times, including a pair for Marshawn Lynch and a much more costly one for an Eagles rookie.

This is a list of the best, worst, and most painful performances from around the NFL on Sunday:

The Good

Adrian Peterson against the Packers (FAMILIAR ON THIS LIST MUCH?)

I can't stop saying good things about Adrian Peterson because he can't stop doing good things. It happened again with 210 yards and a touchdown against the Packers, a season-high, and continue a run of six straight games with at least 100 yards.

The Vikings wanted to play it safe with their star offensive weapon, and his touches are still well within reason, but he's just doing a lot more with each touch now that he's completely shaken the rust off. Peterson is currently at 1,446 yards rushing on the year, the second-highest total of his career and he's still got four games left. This is, in many respects, the best season of his career... and he tore his ACL last season. Ridiculous.

Bryce Brown against the Cowboys (GREAT GAME BRY- OH CRAP A FUMBLE)

Despite another costly fumble, Bryce Brown has been a welcome gift for the Eagles during a turd gift of a season. Brown ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns against the Cowboys on Sunday night, giving the 7th round rookie 347 yards and four touchdowns over the last two games.

Pre-season I pointed out Brown as a possible sleeper because even though he was drafted late he had the talent to go much earlier. He just had a lot of off-field issues and so he was available at a very reasonable rate. For as long as LeSean McCoy is out, Brown is a RB2. It will be interesting to see how things move forward with the two backs for as long as they are both able to stay on the field.

DeMarco Murray against the Eagles (WELCOME BACK DEKOTTER)

It has been a long road back for DeMarco Murray and probably a long night for all of those fantasy teams that decided not to chance it. Jason Garrett didn't play it too safe with Murray and he got the vast majority of carries, rushing for 83 yards and a touchdown, with 19 yards receiving.

Murray missed six games with a foot injury but this performance should put him back as an every week start. He draws the terrible Saints defense in Week 16 aka championship week.

Honorable Mentions: Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Fred Jackson/C.J. Spiller

The Bad


Facing the Tennessee Titans and on a hot streak, one would expect Arian Foster to come out with at least 20 fantasy points but instead he was held to 38 yards rushing, 15 receiving and one touchdown with a fumble. Foster was held to 2.7 yards per carry while Justin Forsett had an identical 14 carries but gained 64 yards. This was the worst game of the year by Foster by far, only the third time he has gained less than 80 yards and he had two touchdowns in each of those other games.

All that being said, Foster is fine going forward. Everybody is allowed one bad game. (Except Peterson.)

Ryan Mathews against the Bengals (DOWN WITH THE SHIP)

With Norv Turner and Philip Rivers getting all the attention for the Chargers incredible collapse, Ryan Mathews hasn't exactly been phenomenal out there. Mathews gained 26 yards on the ground, 25 in the air and no touchdowns as San Diego lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Mathews has one touchdown this year and has rushed for less than four yards per carry in six of the last seven games. A hot pick to be the breakout player of the year, he's more like the fix-in (?) player of the year? I don't know. He's been bad is what I'm saying.

Chris Johnson against the Texans (BACK YOU GO!)

I know that I said everyone is allowed a bad game, but I don't feel like Chris Johnson is one of those guys. He's used up his nine lives. Johnson had 71 total yards and lost a fumble in the loss ending a string of six straight games with at least 80 yards rushing and he was only so-so last week.

He still has good fantasy playoff matchups and will be a starter again next week.

Honorable Mentions: Marshawn Lynch, Doug Martin, Knowshon Moreno, Reggie Bush, Marcel Reece

The Injured

Reggie Bush might have lost tackle Joe Thomas for the season which isn't good since Bush hasn't had a great year as it is.

Chris Johnson list starting right tackle David Stewart.

Rashad Jennings, starting because of injuries to Maurice Jones-Drew and Jamel Parmele, left with a concussion.

Donald Brown left with an ankle injury.


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